- June 2013 - Present, MS/PhD student, Plant-Microbe Biology concentration, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University
- May 2013, BS, Biotechnology, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)
Current Graduate Advisor: Marc Fuchs
My research focuses on grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV), a nematode vectored virus capable of causing significant yield losses in Vitis vinifera grapes. My current project aims to determine the GFLV genetic sequence responsible for causing symptoms in the model species Nicotiana benthamiana, as well as to figure out the mechanism of symptom development. It is hoped that lessons learned in conducting this project in a model species will be helpful in studying GFLV symptoms in grapes.
Awards and Honors
- May 2013 Graduated with Honors in Biotechnology from Calvin College
- Pope WH, Ferreira CM, Jacobs-Sera D, Benjamin RC, Davis AJ, et al. (2011) Cluster K mycobacteriophages: insights into the evolutionary origins of mycobacteriophage TM4. PLoS ONE 6(10): e26750. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026750